An unsafe act or unsafe condition is an indication that something is wrong in the safety management system and disciplinary action never corrects that problem. We know that many factors contribute to an incident. That’s why I don’t like using the term “root cause” because it implies only one cause....

Like so many people, my work dropped off at the beginning of the lock-down. I couldn’t visit clients, conduct in-person training or workshops, or speak at functions. One client filed for bankruptcy. 

I lost two jobs in the last 5 years before committing to consulting work, so I am familiar with the f...

Did you struggle to get your employees involved in your safety program before the pandemic? If so, you might be in for a bigger challenge when they return. If you were not happy with how your safety program worked prior to the pandemic, then you have an opportunity to set a higher standard right now...

I was in my workshop recently searching for a set of plans for a bat house. I like to wood work on occasion. I know I had them but didn’t have any luck. I did find my collection of pins from my Delta Air Lines days. Among those pins was this beauty. It’s the Circle of Safety pin. I looked for it whe...

Is safety boring or dry? No doubt, safety can be a tough sell. There are many reasons employees including senior leaders view safety as boring or dry, but often the problem is how we as safety professionals, operations managers, and supervisors talk about safety. Even the words we use, think audit,...

Being safe is risky. I know that sounds odd coming from a 25 year safety professional. Before you start throwing stones, hear me out. 

Safety pros are expected to have the latest facts and figures, but we also have an opportunity to step up as a leader by understanding the organization, culture,...

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